Not only is Hanoi good for shopping, but it also has a lot of good bars and restaurants to offer. People with straw hats carrying fresh fruits is a common sight, and the main roads are full of motorcycles with three to five passengers on them. We were also recommended a hostel that we found very pleasing called Mary V Hostel (not to be confused with Mary V hotel, which is just across the street). Here we were offered great rooms with excellent value. They also ran a travel agency on the ground floor, with a lot of interesting trips, that we would have to do next time we visit Vietnam.